Neighbourhood Watch role for Fleckney man

A man from the district who is heavily involved with the community in Fleckney has been appointed to a top role with the county’s Neighbourhood Watch organisation.

Stephen Bilbie, who lives in Fleckney, has been appointed vice-chairman for the Leicester city and county Neighbourhood Watch Association and will sit on its executive committee.

He was elected during an association meeting held at Leicestershire Police’s HQ in Enderby.

Mr Bilbie has been involved in community activities for many years, volunteering in active roles in Fleckney, and is a member of Fleckney Parish Council, where he is the vice-chairman.

His work with the parish council has included pressing for better road safety in the village in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch .

He has also raised concerns about street lights being switched off and has worked with farming businesses in a bid to prevent thefts and fly-tipping on farmland.

The married father-of-one, who has a grandson, has lived in the village since 2005.

He runs a caravans business and is also a school governor and member of the county’s NHS Healthwatch group.

Mr Bilbie urged people and firms in the Harborough district and wider county to consider getting involved with Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

He said: “It is a great way for our local businesses to forge links with their communities and contribute to make those communities the best places they can be.

“All the people in Neighbourhood Watch and other home-watch groups volunteer their time and energies for that reason.

“You might feel you simply want to do the same.

“When you become part of Neighbourhood Watch, you don’t sign up to a specific programme, every scheme is different because each is run by and for the members of its community to meet that community’s specific needs.”

One of Mr Bilbie’s roles will be to work with the Neighbourhood Watch Association and residents to engage with Leicestershire Police’s crime plan. The association is the largest voluntary organisation in the county’s policing area.

He will also strive to promote the association’s vision of “a caring society, safe from crime in communities that enjoy a good quality of life”.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch or to raise any issues email stephenbilbie@btinternet.com.